Title: The Lair (The Farm #2)

Author: Emily McKay

Website: http://emilymckay.com/

Publisher: Berkeley Trade

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

ISBN-10: 0425264122

ISBN-13: 978-0425264126

Genre: Paranormal/Dystopian Thriller

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been “quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.

My Thoughts:

I read this book weeks ago and have been struggling with my thoughts on it. I really wanted to like it, and ultimately- I think I do. My connection to the story and the characters was just really slow in developing, and I’m not used to it taking so long. It seemed like the perfect book for me, a combination of the dystopian thrillers and the vampire lore that I love. I’m always looking for a new take on that old favorite subject. But, I just couldn’t get in to it until really late in the game and I’m still not sure why.  I think part of the reason is because, since this was a request, I did not have a chance to read the first book. That was a definite detriment to my understanding of some of the terminology used in the book. I was slowly able to figure out the difference between a Vampire and a Tick, and between the Elites and the Greens. Typically, in a sequel, there’s a bit of a summary thrown in somewhere in the early stages, to remind the reader of what happened in an earlier book. Usually these annoy me, but I now understand their importance to some readers.

What I did like was that the characters’ personalities, and actions in different situations were entirely believable. The descriptions of the downfall of society and how people will behave in this type of world was spot on, and ultimately scary to contemplate. The relationship dynamics between both Lily and Carter, and Mel and Sebastian, were well thought out and written. The point of view does jump around quite a bit, and is a bit disconcerting at times. However, all things considered, the book was well done. It was an unmistakably new and unique take on vampires and how they have ruled the earth behind the scenes, and now want to rule front-and-center. If you have read the first, definitely pick this up. If not, go find it before attempting this one.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: Blood Thirsty (violence)

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More

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